When parents decide to split up or end a marriage, they are still obligated to support and provide for their children who have not yet reached the age of majority. In Arizona, child support laws were established to ensure that the economic needs of children are met. Most often, the noncustodial parent is required to make child support payments each month to the custodial parent. Failure to pay or abide by these laws can mean harsh punishment that includes months of jail time.
Famous singer R. Kelly recently made headlines and for the wrong reasons. The singer was arrested and sent to jail for allegedly failing to pay thousands in child support. According to reports, Kelly owed over $161,000 in unpaid child support.
Reportedly, R. Kelly was ordered to pay almost $21,000 a month in child support back in 2009. However, records indicate that he did not show up to that hearing. Reports said a judge ordered Kelly to pay $161,663 within a week or he would be held in contempt of court. The singer was taken into custody and jailed.
Although celebrities are often held to a higher standard, they are not exempt and must adhere to child support laws. Unfortunately, failing to pay hurts children the most. According to laws in Arizona, a complaint can be filed when a noncustodial parent is three months past due on child support payments. The laws surrounding child support can be confusing. Those who have questions could gain clarity can guidance by consulting an experienced and knowledgeable family law attorney.